Thomas McGreevy

Adventure

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We talk a lot about facing our fears and pressing on in the face of great resistance. We talk a lot about how to endure difficulty and hardship. There is no denying the difficulty. It’s there.  It’s all true, but I don’t think we have the right narrative. The tragic hero slugging his/her way to some remote imagined destination doesn’t quite capture the lives we were created to live. There is something larger unfolding and it is not yet clear where the road will lead us. We sense that down…read more

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Craftsmen

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“I believe that in all men’s lives at certain periods, and in many men’s lives at all periods between infancy and extreme old age, one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local Ring and the terror of being left outside.” C.S. Lewis (The Inner Ring) Oh, the lure of the esoteric. What we wouldn’t give to be an insider… to be included… to be counted among the few at the center of it all. …and the horror of exclusion, what great lengths we go…read more

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Fear

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“Your enemy wants you to be in the maximum uncertainty, so that your mind will be filled with contradictory pictures of the future, every one of which arouses hope or fear. There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against God. God wants men to be concerned with what they do; the enemy’s business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.”  C.S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters (adjusted to address the reader directly) What is that feeling of foreboding that creeps in…read more

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This Is Where We Used to Live

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Recently, I decided to go out of my way and drive through the neighborhood where I grew up. I wasn’t expecting this, but it turned out to be an emotional experience. It was worth doing, but you have to be ready for it. The house where I grew up looked to be half the size of what I remembered. The trees had grown old and changed the look of the lot where our little house stood. There is a pine tree in the front yard that my Dad used to jump…read more

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Boldness

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  “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” – William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)   There have been many times throughout history when one could witness the same conditions that Yeats’ observed. Such times are to blame for a most disquieting misjudgment, that a lack of conviction is a distinction of the best, and passionate intensity that of the worst. If you think that by curbing your passionate intensity you are claiming your place among the righteous you are sorely mistaken. If we are not careful the wicked…read more

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Love With Abandon

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“If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all.” Oswald Chambers   Most acts of love are carried out with one eye on the self. Great pains are taken to ensure that such acts are not misinterpreted. The risks to ones dignity are well known and carefully managed. To survive, one must make sure that he is not carried beyond himself where he may…read more

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A Story Worth Telling

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  As the story of your life unfolds you might wonder at all the difficulty you deal with.  Do you find yourself saying things like… Why can’t I just get what I want? Why am I so thwarted in all of my efforts? Is anything ever going to come easily for me? Chances are if you were the author of your own story, the storyline would be different than the one you are living. Perhaps you already have one in mind. If you’re like me, it involves making life quite…read more

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Losing My Religion

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When you boil down the various definitions of the word religion you see one common core meaning emerge.  Religion is a set of beliefs… a set of beliefs… not to be confused with actual belief. It is the formalization of what was once known by faith. Belief is not easy to hold onto in this world, so to help us out in our struggle, somebody wrote it all down.  Somebody wrote down the story, describing the behaviors and the rituals of the true believers, the heroes. In our desperate fight…read more

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Magic and Mystery

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We have all probably been exhorted at some point in our lives to walk by faith, but why ignore the physical evidence? Why not use the tools we have? Why ignore all that we have learned? The modern humanists would have us believe that we invented the idea of walking by faith as a way of dealing with our ignorance of the world. The unexpected makes us afraid and we need a story to tell ourselves. What else can we do when the world around us does not behave according…read more

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Live an Authentic Life

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“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”  Joan of Arc Painting: Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage 1879     It is likely that, at some point, you are going to reach an impasse between your true self and the life you are living… or the system you are living in (thoughts about systems here). Early on, the tension is fairly subtle.  You…read more

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